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TR: Tuckerman Ravine, April 3rd, 2010

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Truth be told I haven't been hanging around these parts lately, but I figured I would cross-post this TR from that other place.  Enjoy!
 

Tuckerman Ravine on Saturday April 3rd 2010, just myself and 2000 other people out to enjoy the summer-like temps.
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I wanted to get an early start, and arrived at the Pinkham Notch lot around 7. Apparently I wasn't early enough because the main lot was already almost full! I found a spot and geared up, hitting the trail at about quarter after. Much to my surprise the Tuckerman Ravine Trail (TRT) still had good snow coverage the entire way up, making for a nice morning skin. 15027_1440716658163_1240443517_31253087_1313475_n.jpg

After taking my time on the way up I arrived at the bowl just before ten. There were a few early risers there before me, but surprisingly few considering how packed the lot had been.
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A large group could be seen starting up Left Gully, and a handful of skiers were already at the top.  
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Reports of undermining along the headwall and sketchy looking ice persuaded me to look elsewhere. 
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I decided on a line that's not usually so good this time of year, just lookers right of Lobster Claw.
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The snow was already pretty soft at this point and there was a well-established bootpack up Lobster Claw, so I decided to hop in line and join the crowd that was heading up.
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Stopping on top of a roll for a minute to grab a bite and let the crowd thin out a bit, I watched as a steady stream of people continued arriving.
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And some started heading down.
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As it turned out taking a little break proved to be a good thing, providing me with a rare bit of solitude at the top of my climb. 
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Topping out on Lions Head I sat in the sun with the crowd there for a bit and watched as many continued on up the summit cone. I considered joining them, but afternoon commitments and a desire to get some turns on before everything got too soft convinced me otherwise. 
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I geared up and headed down my line, it had only been skied by one or two people before me that morning and the snow couldn't have been better. Unfortunately I didn't think to pass off the camera and get any actions shots, as I was up there solo.
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When I returned to the bottom the crowd had grown much larger, and would continue to do so throughout the afternoon.
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Right Gully was a highway
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And there were quite a few people getting ready to tumble down the lip.
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A handful of folks were hiking Chute, and even more were dropping in from above it.  
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And the lobster claw that I had hiked an hour before looked like it couldn't possibly hold any more people.
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The only thing that looked deserted was Sluice, which probably had something to do with the big brown stain running down it.
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There were all sorts of snow sliders out, even those without any edges.
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I hung out for a minute to watch some of the action. I definitely saw a lot of carnage that got the crowd hootin' and hollerin', but there was plenty of good skiing going down too. 
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As people continued to arrive by the dozens I took off back to Pinkham. I had gotten in some nice turns in good soft snow, watched a little nonsense go down, and was happy to bail before the majority of the drunkenness commenced.
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An obligatory point at the open water on the little headwall and I was on down the Sherbie back to the parking lot. I skied on snow the whole way back, with only one very small grass section near the bottom. I was home by 1, sunburnt and happy. 
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post #2 of 11
 Thanks for sharing...
There are some here on EpicSki who've been talking about heading up there in a week or so...
post #3 of 11
Thanks for sharing.  I don't feel complete as an Eastern skier having never made that trek.

Found a good Mt W. TR from Apr 2 here: http://www.thesnowway.com/2010/04/02/mount-washington-ammonoosuc-ravine-and-the-east-snowfields#more-415
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JJ, Shhhh! the ONLY BC skiing on East Coast is Tuckerman!

Nice trip report, JPH. I miss my treks up the Big One. Those were some deep runnels in the snow. Was that recent run off or from some of the mid-winter rain storms, do you suppose?

Although lift service skiing around here when Tucks is tuckered out is not a bad alternative.
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Great post.  Nice shots you took.  Looks like a great day.  Weather here in the east has been unseasonably nice.  I'm sure there have been some sweet days up there as of late.
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Real fine report and snaps. Always like to see the Hill this time of year. Reminds me of my less than auspicious trip there 41 years ago. It was April 26, 1969 - the day of the first Inferno Race since Tony Matt schussed the whole damn hill in the late 40's. I was 13 and carried my Head Standards and Lange Pro's up the Fire Trail. A couple turns down the Sherburne, fell and fx'd tibia and fibula. Down the rest via snowcat and off to the Memorial Hospital in North Conway. They shot me up with Demerol. That was the beginning of the 60's for this space cowboy.....
Edited by deliberate1 - 4/19/10 at 12:01pm
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Real fine report and snaps. Always like to see the Hill this time of year. Reminds me of my less that auspicious trip there 41 years ago. It was April 26, 1969 - the day of the first Inferno Race since Tony Matt schussed the whole damn hill in the late 40's. I was 13 and carried my Head Standards and Lange Pro's up the Fire Trail. A couple turns down the Sherburne, fell and fx'd tibia and fibula. Down the rest via snowcat and off to the Memorial Hospital in North Conway. They shot me up with Demerol. That was the beginning of the 60's for this space cowboy.....
 

LMAO.!!!!

David, being the artist that you are, you have a way with words.

BTW, Sugarloaf announced they are skiing 'til May 2nd.
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LMAO.!!!!

David, being the artist that you are, you have a way with words.

BTW, Sugarloaf announced they are skiing 'til May 2nd.
 

 
Ron, glad you liked that. Ya, they gave me the Demerol because I balked when this pretty nurse wanted to cut my pants off. After the shot, she could have cut my friggin' leg off. On my back on the ER table I looked up at the white concrete ceiling as it burst into a Peter Max canvas, with the water pipes floating out the windows. Nice.
Pissed off my mother something fierce because I crashed just two weeks before my Bar Mitzvah. Guess who got to wear the outlawed bell bottoms (with the zipper leg) to his BM? And to top it all off, my mother, then in her late 40's got the Chicken Pox just days before the blessed event. What a fiasco!
I knew the Loaf would not close before May. You know I am still recovering from my dislocated shoulder from 2/14 crash. Wouldn't I like to get up there just to end the season on my feet.
How was your season at Saddleback?
post #9 of 11
I missed this, both on XXX and here, but it's a an interesting TR.  I'd love to go there sometime, but there are stunning conga lines heading up some of those lines.  That and the crowd at the bottom make the Wasatch look deserted.  

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The Wasatch gets skied most of the winter long. Tuckerman looks like that for a month on weekends in the spring. The rest of the time, including between those weekends, it is pretty quiet.
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Thanks for the kind words everyone, I'm happy to share!  I'm hoping to make it back to the rock pile once more this year, as I've just received a pair of Ski Logik Ullr's Chariots that I'm dying to make turns on before packing them away for the summer.  There's still plenty of snow up there, as shown by the photos on tuckerman.org from Sunday 4/25, so hopefully there will be another Mt. Washington Spring TR coming soon!

Lobster Claw:
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The Bowl, Sluice, and a very happy ski patroller:
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Left Gully looks like a bump run this time of year:
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